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Texas de Brazil, Nashville

Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil

Last week, my family received an invitation to dine at Texas de Brazil in Nashville.  Two words:  TOP NOTCH! This wasn’t “just” dinner… this was a dining experience. We marveled at the excellence of the food and were blown away by the incredible service we received. From the hostess, to the waiter, to the meat servers, to the manager; everyone working there was top notch.Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil is upscale yet laid back. The restaurant offers a salad bar with all kinds of options such as sushi, cheeses, veggies, soups (lobster bisque), Brazilian specialties, etc.

Texas de Brazil

The servers (Gauchos) go around with meat on skewers cutting meat off as you grab it with your tongs. Think of the best steak ever and then think of an unlimited supply of it. All you can eat steak.  The servers brought filet mignon, flank steak, rib eye steak, ribs, chicken, lamb, sausage and more. Each table also gets garlic mashed potatoes, sweet bananas as palate cleanser, and Brazilian cheese bread. My advice: GO HUNGRY!

Texas de Brazil

Each guest receives a green and a red card. Flipping your card to green means you’re ready for more meat. Red means you’re still munching on a piece of meat.

A couple of times, I forgot to flip to red and two Gauchos appeared instantly. The servers are very attentive and super friendly.

Texas de Brazil

The atmosphere at Texas de Brazil was awesome. This is a great spot for date nights as well as family/friends dinners.

Dessert didn’t disappoint, either. We agreed, the winner was the Brazilian cheesecake. We also tried the coconut pie and chocolate cake.

We had a wonderful time at Texas de Brazil and would definitely recommend this place.

NASHVILLE, TN

DINNER
$44.99 
| Salad Area Only: $24.99
Children 2 and under: complimentary.
Children 3-5 yrs: $5.
Children 6-12 yrs: 50% off regular dinner price.

Prices do not include alcohol, featured items, desserts, beverages or applicable taxes.

Have you ever visited one of the many Texas de Brazil locations?

**Thanks to Texas de Brazil for hosting my family.**

Back & Front Door Makeover

***I received a free product in exchange for my honest review. ***

exterior door handle

Looking at the before pictures of my deck makes me realize just how far I’ve come in the past three years. At times, I forget this house didn’t always look this way. When I bought the house, the deck looked uninviting and old. With some (very) hard work, I was able to transform it into a cozy and pet friendly patio.

I stained the deck and painted the railing. I also painted the door, along with the rest of the house.

BEFORE:

diy deck makeover

AFTER:

house paint

dog friendly patio

house

One thing that still needed attention was the hardware. It was old and dented… It had seen better days for sure. I was thrilled when Kwikset sent over this beautiful new hardware for me to try and review.

exterior door handle

I love it. The look is clean and sleek;  It fits and works great. Although this was my first time swapping out an exterior deadbolt knob for a handle set, installation was easy.  I won’t bore you with a tutorial (Kwikset provides a great one) … except for one part. Maybe this tip will come in handy someday.

When you fit your two pieces together on the door (front and back), there’s a half circle metal piece that inserts inside the door. You can see it here:

If your hardware has this section facing the opposite way, the fix is easy — you just tug on that half circle metal and then twist. It flips over to the other side.

I wish someone would have told me this little trick. I thought I had the wrong hardware. I figured it out eventually, but not without some minor frustration.

exterior door handle

New handle vs. old door knob.

exterior door handle

exterior door handle

Since I love the new hardware so much, I decided to swap out the old front door knob with this beautiful satin nickel finish handle set.  The adjustable throughbolt has a full range of motion that allows the handle to fit most preexisting doors. Both handle sets feature SmartKey Security. You can Re-key your lock in seconds. Also, the hardware is bump proof, kick in resistant, pick resistant, saw resistant and drill resistant. 

 

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Quick Fix For A Sticking Door

pocket plane

For years, this bedroom door would stick in the warmer, more humid months.

pocket plane

It was so tight that it was hard to close all the way. You can see where all the paint had worn off from the door scraping against it. I don’t know why I waited this long to fix it. Since I did not want to remove a bulky door to shave it down,  I decided it couldn’t hurt to buy this little pocket plane and try it out. It worked like a charm!

pocket plane

The Stanley Surform Pocket Plane is small and inexpensive. I shaved the door in 10 minutes. The pocket plane comes with one blade, which is held in place by latching it on to one end and then inserting it into a plastic holder at the other end and twisting the knob.  It is sharp, sturdy and fits my hand well.

pocket plane

Using this tool I was able to shave it down about 1/8 inch. I taped the outside surfaces with painter’s tape  to prevent the visible area from being shredded and that worked well. For my needs this worked perfectly and well worth the $8 I paid.

I’ve taken doors off the hinges before to spray paint them, and I can tell you that using a pocket plane on a door that is hung, is infinitely easier than trying to man-handle a sticking door onto some saw horses, cutting off a tiny sliver with a circular saw and re-hanging it.

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